7 June 2013: At the end of May, more than 100 cases of yellow fever were reported in the South Ari district of Ethiopia’s South Omo zone. Thirty-nine of these cases were fatal. Yellow fever requires an immediate response as it is highly transmissible, causing massive outbreaks and alarming fatality rates. Yellow fever cannot be treated, but it can be prevented through a vaccine. When the epidemic occurs in unvaccinated populations, case-fatality rates may exceed 50 per cent. Therefore, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided a rapid response grant of US$ 1,255,769 to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO will implement an immediate vaccination campaign benefitting an estimated 665,140 people in the high-risk zone. WHO will also strengthen the surveillance of the Read more >>

CERF in Action - Rapid Response


CERF gives $ 17 million to Ethiopia

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated some US$100 million for the first underfunded emergencies window in January 2013 to boost humanitarian operations in 12 neglected humanitarian emergencies.

The following countries have received allocations: Afghanistan ($17 million), Algeria ($3 million), Burundi ($3 million), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ($7 million), Djibouti ($3 million), Eritrea ($3 million), Ethiopia ($17 million), Haiti ($6 million), Liberia ($3 million), Sudan ($17 million), Uganda ($4 million) and Yemen ($17 million).

CERF's underfunded emergencies window aims to even out funding disparities and highlight hidden emergencies. In this way, the countries were selected on the basis of the severity of humanitarian needs and an analysis of funding levels.

A second round of allocations from CERF’s underfunded emergencies window will follow in July 2013.


CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies